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I use to think history was boring, and it was taught that know, memorizing dates.  But real history is so much more, and the elderly are the greatest resources.  The Indians valued the wisdom of the elders, but in today's split families, that history is being lost.

The other day a 90 year old friend began telling me that her family had come from Ireland, and they told her  stores that I had never heard.  She began telling me that her Grandfather escaped to England during Great Potato Famine  that began in 1845.  He found the British people most compassionate, and became very pro-British.

On his grandmothers advice, her grandfather moved to America, and brought his starving family from Ireland.  They were very anti-British.  Her relatives said there was plenty of food (cattle, and other crops besides potatoes)  in Ireland during the famine that killed 750,00 people.  But only the British colonialists were allowed such food,

Her Grandfather told her that there was a volcanic eruption that darkened the skies creating an unusually wet and cold climate. He said it  caused the potato blight that destroyed the poor people's food supply.

This was not the story I had heard.  But I have learned not to dismiss such stories too lightly.  I had learned a great deal  from the stories passed down from Indians, Mexicans and blacks.  So I began some research, and too my amazement I found the following.  I have not yet researched the entirety of the documents, but there was much truth in what this ladies family passed down to her. 

Despite  the famine , corn, barley , and dairy products were exported from Ireland to Britain in compliance with  British control  that called colonialism free trade. The Great Famine Of 1845

Livestock was also exported from Ireland  Quick History: The Irish Potato Famine.

I continued to search for the volcanic eruption that her grandfather talked about, and so far have only found this little known history:  The Year Without A Summer (Mini Ice Age)

As I researched more about colonialism, I discovered this.  "Eventually Venice,  Amsterdam , and England all adopted central banks. These banks helped pay for unnecessary wars, unprofitable colonies, and to expand the state at home.  Eventually all of these central banks resulted in economic crises and devaluation.  Meanwhile, the United States remained free of such central banking in the nineteenth century, and  became the world's economic superpower.  We only began to experience the growth of government,  continental wars, and expanding colonial empire, and skyrocketing national debt when the Federal Reserve was found in 1913.  The pace of change accelerated when the final break from the gold standard occurred in 1971."    The Fed's War On The Middle Class

Now this is why real history is so important, and why what we are taught in modern textbooks is so worthless. 

by on Nov. 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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by on Nov. 13, 2013 at 6:31 AM
The way you teach it sounds very interesting
Quoting craftyzenmom:

Thank  you! You added another dimension for me to follow with my 5th/8th graders and the Colonies. We have never used the traditional text books for history. There are so many other options all three of my kids hate textbooks. Right now I'm loving C-Span in the Classroom. After I signed up as a teacher I get constant emails with lesson plans and video links. Last year they sent us a HUGE electoral college map for the wall, we used it for all sorts of activities. I often tie history to my Language Arts curriculum with novel units. For example, my 8th graders (twins) are reading "Animal Farm" right now and we're also studying the Russian Revolution alongside the book. I did the same thing with "The Book Thief" last year. 

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